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« on: November 10, 2015, 12:06:57 PM »


Interview With A Vampire (Merticus): Here's What Real Vampires Do On Halloween
By Yvette Caster for Metro - October 28, 2015


Merticus is a 37-year-old antique dealer and vampire who lives with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia.

He believes he was born a vampire and says he drinks human blood to maintain his energy levels.

I put my cross on, got my steak and carried out an interview with a vampire to find out what they get up to on Halloween (and we should warn you that some of the discussion is quite graphic about drinking blood so discretion is advised).

1. Fangs for chatting. How come you havenít burst into flames yet? Itís pretty sunny out.

Iím wearing my polarized Ray Ban sunglasses and Neutrogena SPF 100, so you donít have to worry about me spontaneously combusting.

Youíre safe to move in a little closer.

2. So I didnít need to have garlic bread for lunch either?

You had garlic bread for lunch and didnít invite me?

I have to say, this interview is not starting off like I had hoped.

Artisan breads are one of my weaknesses!

Make sure you bring gifts next time Ė that is if I donít decide to take you down a dark London alley here shortly.

3. What about a cross and holy water?

Iím wearing a silver cross from the time of the Crusades and have a relic of the True Cross adorning my walls at home.

Incidentally, I used to date a Catholic girl and holy water did wonders for my complexion.

4. What about the other things? Sparkly skin? Fangs? Immortality?

Iím beginning to turn gray so my dreams of immortality have been dashed.

While there are some in our community who enjoy living the vampire aesthetic, vampirism is largely an amalgamation of physical, mental and, in some cases, spiritual attributes.

Aside from typically dressing all in black, I donít adorn the extended wardrobe of many vampires Ė ankhs, fangs and contact lenses.

I do occasionally wear a silver claw ring that can break the skin in a pinch and have a lancet slipped into certain areas of my clothing.

Real vampires donít sparkle.

5. But you do drink blood?

Iím a hybrid vampire.

My primary feeding preference is from the pranic energy of others through touch or breath, often coupled with tantric or sexual contact.

Although I can just as efficiently feed by drinking small amounts of blood or drawing from the ambient energies of a crowd or thunderstorm.

Blood is often more potent.

6. Tell me more

My first blood feeding was performed with a tortoise shell lancet on my significant other in our mid-20s.

Over the years feedings have ranged from highly ritualistic to being intertwined with sadomasochism Ė always performed privately, safely and consensually.

I feel an intense and prolonged wave of energy wash over me when I feed Ė Iím simultaneously at one with my surroundings while deeply entwined with the one Iím feeding from.

7. Is it a fetish?

Blood fetishism should not be confused with sanguinarian vampirism.

This being said, there are some sanguinarian vampires who enjoy blood play, such as blood dripping on one another and the sight of blood, as well as consumption.

8. What happens when you donít feed for a while?

Many vampires experience severe headaches, a sense of pain throughout their bodies, and extreme weakness.

Some complain of a craving or hunger that they canít satiate with food or drink.

I suffered from primary immunodeficiency disorders and acute asthma as a child.

As an adult Iíve not contracted the flu or other similar illness in more than 15 years Ė an occasional bout of sinusitis is about it.

9. Does feeding turn the donor (also called a Ďblack swaní) into a vampire?

Come on, what youíre really asking is Ďcan you turn me into a vampire?í.

Sorry, I canít and if I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that I could have started my own vampire commune and called it the Cult Of Merticus.

Trust me, you donít want to be burdened with having to crave energy or blood and negotiate that exchange with those who come into your life.

10. Do different people taste different, like wines?

For a good table wine I recommend the O+, but personally I prefer the Cabernet (A-) or a nice Pinot Noir (AB+).

Iíve found vegetarians and vegans to be too coppery for my taste along with those with higher levels of cadmium, so I typically avoid the smokers.

Iím also quite fond of a nicely formed and larger than average posterior.

11. How did you find out you were a vampire?

I was aware at an early age of an innate ability to bend persons or situations to my will.

I also had a natural predilection to draw strength from charged situations Ė Ďfeedingí from conflict brought about by others.

My initial exposure to the online vampire community occurred in 1996 via chatrooms and, in 1998, I encountered the offline vampire community.

12. How do you celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is a special time of year and a favorite among most of us with dark inclinations.

I attend a number of parties and events leading up to and around Halloween every year.

This year I plan on celebrating Samhain in the company of close friends over a glass of wine (er, I mean blood), imported aged cheeses, and answering the door for the 70 to 80 trick-or-treaters who usually grace our threshold and rap at our door.

13. How many vampires are there in the world?

Itís virtually impossible to estimate.

Iíve had the pleasure of knowing several thousand over the years, both online and offline.

Your co-worker or even Ďcloseí friend could be a vampire and youíd never know.

The Global VDTORS Community Directory has over 2,800 members, though thousands more of us lurk in the shadows.

14. Do you sleep in a coffin?

I sleep in an ornately carved Victorian mahogany four-poster bed from the 1870s.

Coffins are far too restrictive and claustrophobic for my taste.

15. What does your wife think of all this?

My wife (a non-vampire) and I have have been married for more than five years and she has no problem with me self-identifying as a vampire.

There are far worse things I could be in this life.

16. Do you have a vampire Ďhouseí you meet with regularly?

More than a decade ago, four individuals and I founded the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) as a local psychic and sanguinarian real vampire organisation or house.

Today weíre a relatively close-knit friend group of 13 representing an eclectic slice of the modern vampire community.

Most of us are in our 30s and 40s and identify spiritually as everything from Christians, Agnostics, Luciferians, or Eclectic Neo-Pagans.

Our membership includes everyone from rocket scientists to nurses and our focus is largely academic.

When weíre not giving PowerPoint presentations on vampirism, many of us enjoy social gatherings at upscale restaurants or coffee and desert bars, or the weekend Goth or Industrial club scene.

17. Is there anything else youíd like to add?

Vampires arenít always sulking around graveyards or feasting at blood orgies.

There are real vampire organisations who feed the homeless, volunteer in animal rescue groups, and who take up any number of social causes.

Thereís far more to me, both in my personal and professional life, than my self-identity as a Ďreal vampireí.

Yet itís always vampires that capture the imagination of others.

Maybe one day this will change and we can be fully appreciated by society rather than being the consummate outlier.

In the meantime, I toast all the non-vampires out there in the world Ė thank you for making our lives interesting and keeping us well fed!

For more on Merticus and real vampires visit his website, the AVA and Suscitatio Enterprises LLC.

Vampire Community News is also on Twitter and Facebook.

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